Sunrise's Nat Barr shares heartbreaking tribute to Nathan Templeton: 'Terribly sad'

The former Sunrise reporter tragically died while walking his dog.

Sunrise host Natalie Barr broke down live on air during a tribute to her friend and former colleague Nathan Templeton, who tragically died on Tuesday while walking his dog. The 44-year-old father-of-two was found near Barwon River in Geelong after suffering a medical episode.

Natalie's emotional monologue about the presenter comes after she also shared a touching message about him on her social media, with fellow industry peers sharing their sadness at his passing.

Sunrise hosts Edwina Bartholomew, Nathan Templeton, Samantha Armytage and Natalie Barr
Sunrise host Nat Barr and her colleagues have shared heartbreaking tributes to Nathan Templeton following his death on Tuesday. Photo: Seven

Natalie Barr breaks down live on air

Speaking about her colleague's passing on Sunrise Thursday morning, Natalie broke down in tears as a video montage of Nathan's career highlights played.

“We know you had more stories to tell," Nat said. "We are sorry you can’t tell them."

She continued, “Our hearts go out to our family, your two little boys, Kate, and everyone who knew you inside this building and across the Seven Network. But also so many of you who have written in and just said that you felt like you knew him because of how he conducted himself on-air."

Natalie Barr broke down in tears during Thursday's episode of Sunrise as she spoke of her late colleague. Credit: Channel 7
Natalie Barr broke down in tears during Thursday's episode of Sunrise as she spoke of her late colleague. Credit: Channel 7

She concluded the emotional tribute by saying, “Thank you, Tempo, for brightening our lives. We are so fortunate to have known you and worked alongside you. You will be missed.”

Sunrise stars share tributes to Nathan

Nat also took to Instagram on Wednesday night to share a heartbreaking tribute to Nathan that read: "The toughest of days today. For 2 beautiful little boys and a whole family of love behind our colleague and mate Tempo.


"Years of eloquent storytelling behind him and so much more ahead. Too young and so terribly sad for everyone who knew him and all of you who watched and got to know him from afar.

"Heartfelt condolences to his family."

The Morning Show host Kylie Gillies commented, "One of the best 💔."

Melissa Hoyer added, "Just the saddest news. Condolences to everyone who loved him."

"My heart broke hearing this devastating news I cannot believe Nathan is gone so young taken way too soon," one user wrote. "It was a privilege to watch him every morning reporting doing what he loved best he will be missed beyond words."

"Can’t even begin to imagine the pain you’re all feeling right now."

Edwina Bartholomew also shared a video of Nathan doing an interview on her Instagram Stories, with a tribute to the reporter that read: "This is how I will remember Nathan. His gravelly voice. His intense passion for all things sport, especially his poolside interviews.

"He had a knack for getting the best out of athletes, even when they were disappointed in their own performance."

She added, "He adored his boys. He will be missed."

Sunrise reporter Nathan Templeton
Sunrise reporter Nathan Templeton tragically died while walking his dog on Tuesday. Photo: Seven

The Sunrise account shared a tribute that read, "Love you Tempo ❤️

The tragic news of Nathan’s passing has left us all at Sunrise and Seven profoundly saddened.

Nathan was a respected journalist whose passion for storytelling was evident in all his years reporting for Sunrise and several Olympic Games.

"Our deepest condolences go out to his family, loved ones and especially his two young sons, during this difficult time."


Mark Beretta commented, "So so sad. An amazing professional and beautiful human. Tempo had a gift and a passion for telling the stories around great sporting moments.

"He was in his element at the Australian Open and no one could ever cover the outside courts the way he did. We are very fortunate to have worked with him and to have shared his world."

Nathan was a Melbourne correspondent for Sunrise and made a name for himself while reporting on the Olympic Games. Prior to this, he worked at Network 10 and covered sporting events such as the Australian Open. He was also a ground announcer for the Geelong Football Club's home games.

A Victoria police spokesperson told Yahoo Lifestyle, "Police will prepare a report for the Coroner following the death of a 44-year-old Newtown man on Tuesday 9 April.

"Emergency services were called to a park in Newtown about 2.30pm where the man was located deceased.

"The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage."

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